Punjab & Region

Coal crisis: PSPCL failed to follow central norms on maintaining fuel reserve

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 11

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is itself to blame for the persisting coal crisis in power plants in the state as it failed to adhere to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) norms on maintaining minimum fuel reserves, people familiar with the situation said.

As a result, the corporation is not only buying power at a whopping ₹11.80 per unit, but it also missed an opportunity to sell electricity to the national grid in October.

A power engineer dealing with coal procurement said, “The corporation management didn’t pay heed to our advice to build coal stock as per the guidelines, saying the demand will dip in the wake of the Covid-19 third wave. But the demand went up against their expectations.”

As per figures, the government-run Ropar thermal plant on June 1, 2019 had coal stock for 48 days against 23 days on the corresponding day this year. Similar was the situation at the Lehra Mohabbat plant. Similarly, the private thermal plants didn’t adhere to the guidelines on maintaining coal stocks.

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